- Class Number 3398
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Thiago Nascimento da Silva
- Dr Thiago Nascimento da Silva
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
This course is designed to help students understand development in political behaviour literature and prepare them for conducting independent research. In this course we consider the following topics: turnout, voting, economic voting, and public opinion on various issues. The course will consider both theoretical and empirical work that will be drawn from studies of mass political behaviour in a variety of different political contexts.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify the concepts that influence the dynamics of political behaviour;
- understand the sources of these concepts and their historical development;
- use these concepts in order to critically research, analyse, and evaluate major issues in political behaviour; and
- develop skills for research, argument, and analysis in order to to effectively communicate their own perspectives on key concepts and issues in political behaviour.
For each class, there will be compulsory readings and optional readings. The latter provide opportunities to better understand the topic, but are not compulsory. There is no textbook for this course. The required readings consist of articles and book chapters, which will be provided on the Wattle website or through the ANU Library system.
Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.
ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction: Defining Political Behavior|
|2||Political Formation and Party Identification|
|3||Political Knowledge and Sophistication|
|4||Mobilization, and Campaign Effects|
|5||Political Participation and Voter Turnout|
|6||Spatial Models of Vote Choice||Response Paper 1|
|8||The Limits of Political Accountability||Response Paper 2|
|9||Voters' Party Perceptions and Representation|
|10||Compulsory Voting||Response Paper 3|
|11||Ethnicity and Identity|
|12||Foreign Policy and War Voting||Final Paper: Research Proposal|
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Participation and Weekly Readings||20 %||1, 2, 3|
|Response Papers (3)||30 %||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Final Paper: Research Proposal||50 %||1, 2, 3, 4|
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Participation and Weekly Readings
Students are expected to attend all classes and course activities. Students are required to have completed the required readings before each class, and should be prepared to discuss the required readings during class. Options that take into account the evolving COVID-19 situation will be available (see Wattle site for further detail).
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Response Papers (3)
Value: 30% total; 10% per response paper.
For three of the seminar weeks, students will be required to prepare a maximum 2,000 word paper (+/- 10%), comparing two or more readings assigned in a week of the course. The topic of this presentation is entirely up to the student: it could focus on a particularly theory, raise points about the research design of an article, or address issues related to the data analysis. Further detail will be provided on Wattle. These papers are to be submitted via Turnitin at least one hour before that week's class.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Final Paper: Research Proposal
The final paper, a research proposal of 4000 words (+/- 10%), provides students with an opportunity to prepare a solid base for their further research, including a thesis if applicable. It should include a clear and feasible research question or puzzle, a review of the literature related to the topic, theoretical arguments that can be used to provide an answer to the research question, hypotheses derived from these theories that can be tested empirically, and a description of what empirical evidence and methods will be used to test these hypotheses (including how the hypotheses could be falsified); it can, of course, also contain some initial analysis of the data. Students should attempt to clearly demonstrate the potential theoretical or empirical contribution of their research proposals to the existing literature(s). Further detail will be provided on Wattle.
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Comparative Politics; Political Institutions; Political Economy; Political Behavior; Political and Economic Inequalities
Dr Thiago Nascimento da Silva